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Destroyer (1988)

R | | Horror, Thriller | April 1988 (USA)
A prison riot breaks out at the moment of a serial murderer's execution by electrocution, and his fate becomes indeterminate when the prison is shut down. 18 months later, a team of ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deborah Foreman ... Susan Malone
Clayton Rohner ... David Harris
Lyle Alzado ... Ivan Moser
Anthony Perkins ... Robert Edwards
Tobias Anderson Tobias Anderson ... Russell (as Tobias Andersen)
Lannie Garrett Lannie Garrett ... Sharon Fox
Jim Turner ... Rewire
Pat Mahoney Pat Mahoney ... Warden Karsh
David Kristin David Kristin ... Fingers
Vanessa Townsell Vanessa Townsell ... Bea
Stanley Kirk Stanley Kirk ... The Cabbie
Bernie Welch Bernie Welch ... Officer Callahan
Robert Himber Robert Himber ... Len
Eric Meyer Eric Meyer ... Foley
Kurt Hubler Kurt Hubler ... Tommy


A prison riot breaks out at the moment of a serial murderer's execution by electrocution, and his fate becomes indeterminate when the prison is shut down. 18 months later, a team of filmmakers converge on the prison to film a women-in-prison exploitation flick, but find that a certain somebody is disrupting their shooting schedule... Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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The electric chair! To an ordinary man it's the end! But when serial killer Ivan Moser sat down... he was just getting warmed up. See more »


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Release Date:

April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shadow of Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Brighton, Colorado, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Part of a cycle of horror films about murderers coming back from the dead after execution in the electric chair. Prison (1987), The Horror Show (1989), and Shocker (1989) were also included in this trend. See more »


Susan Malone: Where is everybody?
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References Dallas (1978) See more »


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Has its Issues, But Still a Fun Watch
20 March 2013 | by poto3See all my reviews

"Destroyer" is a low-budget 1988 horror film, with slight touches of comedy here and there. It stars ex-football player Lyle Alzado (R.I.P -- never been a huge football fan), 80s actress icon Deborah Foreman, and Norman Bates himself, Anthony Perkins.

It sort of plays off of the ideas of late 80s supernatural thrillers, which involved supernatural revenge. (Much like "Shocker", "Prison", and "The Horror Show.") In this case, our killer is not necessarily supernatural, he is more pumped up.

It's a fun movie. Yes, it has its issues, it is not perfect, but it still makes for a fun watch when you need to take your mind off of things.

Lyle Alzado does a GREAT job for his original profession at being an NFL lineman. He is incredibly scary and ruthless in scenes, and....we'll just say you wouldn't want him chasing you. Deborah Foreman & Clayton Rohner do a solid job as our main hero & heroine, acting-wise.

Problems with the movie: I think Lyle Alzado could have been incorporated more into the movie, and when he was there, in a more violent, destructive way. In the movie, he kills people with mundane tools. A jackhammer, blow torch, hanging, and off screen decapitation. Nothing that would involve super-human strength as the poster and plot suggest. I also think certain characters should have had more screen time, AND more actions and events they performed. (Including Anthony Perkins, who is fun as the sarcastic director, but his scenes are limited. Rewire, the comic relief, is also someone who should have had more screen time.)

Overall, without spoiling anything; "Destroyer" is a fun watch if you like low-budget movies and movies that are fun. It has issues, and it is not to be dissected. Just watch it for fun, take it for what it was made on, it's a fun time.


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